Birth Center

UF Health Birth Center

Your baby’s birthday is one of the most important days of your life, and you want it to be perfect.

That is why the UF Health Birth Center has listened to midwives and mothers-to-be and created a unique center offering a comfortable, calming, home-like environment where mothers can give birth in a soothing setting with their loved ones and family around them.

Birth centers have a different philosophy on childbirth: it is viewed as a natural part of life and not as a sickness or illness.

While the center may not be for all expectant mothers, it fills a deep void here in Northeast Florida, empowering moms-to-be with more control over their birth experience.

The center, tucked away inside the UF Health North medical complex, features birth suites with the look and feel of a modern, comfortable home. Adjoined to the suite is a heated spa tub where mom can relax, labor and give birth if she chooses. There is also a cozy family area where family and friends are encouraged to come and share the birth experience.

Birth Center Director Cynthia Williams, ARNP, CNM, is a long-time member of the Jacksonville midwifery community and of the UF Health Obstetrics and Gynecology department. She and her team of licensed midwives and UF certified nurse midwives are accepting applications for deliveries.

For more information, please email birthcenter@jax.ufl.edu or call 904-427-6378.

“This is something a lot of women want, and we want to provide it for them, but we want to do it in the safest way possible. Cindy Williams is probably the best person in the country for this position because she’s a licensed midwife, she used to be a labor and delivery nurse, and she was the nurse manager of our research division.”

 

Guy Benrubi, MD, FACOG, UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville senior associate dean for faculty affairs and chair of obstetrics and gynecology